Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has given the nod to implement the Rythu Bharosa scheme, prominent of the Navaratnas, which costs Rs 13, 125 cores from October 15 itself though it was due to come into force from May next year.

The Chief Minister during the review meeting of Agriculture Department has taken the vital decision which would directly benefit the farmers to a tune of Rs 10, 625 crores as each farmer will get Rs 12,500 as incentive and tenant farmers would get Rs 2,500 crore under the scheme.

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The State government has also taken the responsibility of paying the premium of the crop insurance. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has stood by his word by standing for the farmers, who were in distress for the past five years.

Rythu Bharosa, as announced in the Navaratnas, was due to be implemented from May 2020, the start of khariff season. In the review meeting, the Chief Minister has announced that it would be rolled from the Rabi season starting October 15.

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Rythu Bharosa would be rolled from the Rabi season starting October 15

The decision, taken within one week of his coming to the office, will enable every farmer to get Rs 12,500 as seed capital ahead of the sowing season. Tenant farmers will also get the benefit directly into their account. The total sum of Rs 13, 125 crore would be given to farmers under Rythu Bharosa Scheme.

Farmers were in distress ever since Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy had died and their anguish continued till 2019. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy during his Padayatra had interacted with farmers across the state and heard their plight which reflected in the decision of announcing the Rythu Bharosa scheme in advance.

The farming community has expressed its gratitude towards the decision which would benefit it immensely.

The Chief Minister has focused on the welfare of farmers during the review meeting and made it clear that agriculture and its allied fields, which engage over 62 % of the population, should be benefited by the welfare schemes.

Minimum Support Price (MSP)

He directed the officials to see to it that farmers get Minimum Support Price (MSP) and said that in the coming budget Rs 3,000 crore would be allocated for setting up of Market Stabilisation Fund to check market price fluctuations and the Annadatha Sukhibhava has no realistic approach while there are better options with the Government which is determined to implement.

Government will take the responsibility of paying premium of crop insurance and will expedite the claims.

Village Secretariats

Strongly reacting to the spurious seeds in circulation, the Chief Minister said, that stringent action should be taken against those who are pushing the spurious seeds into market. The Village Secretariats, which will come into being from October 2, will have special focus on agriculture and farmers’ needs, he told the officials. The village volunteers will be the face of the government and the vehicles that deliver the welfare schemes to the people. Corruption at any level will not be tolerated.

Department would work in close association with Agriculture Department for better results. The Chief Minister has directed the officials to provide free of cost at least 200 Bore Well Drill Rigs for every Assembly and Parliament Constituency. He has also directed the officials to ensure that taking Assembly constituency as an unit, a cold storage and a warehouse should be set up keeping in view nature of the local produce. He has also ordered the officials to take steps to revive the sugar mills in cooperative sector. An Agriculture Mission will be set up with experts to study the various aspects of agriculture and its allied field needs.

YSR Bhima

Rs 7 lakhs for YSR Bhima would be set aside for exgratia, in case of risk to the farmer and machinery to implement the manifesto would be strengthened, he said.Officials of Agriculture and other concerned Departments attended the review meeting.

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